On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights hosted the fabulous 2018 Ripple of Hope Awards honoring four exceptional laureates including the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama (who went to Columbia University in Harlem), Humana CEO Bruce D. Broussard, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav.
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Laureates were selected for their ongoing work toward a more just and peaceful world, and were recognized throughout the evening for their lifelong work in the fight for social change, equality, justice and global human rights. Hosted by actor Alec Baldwin at the Hilton Midtown in New York City, the event was attended by over 1,600 guests and raised over $6M (including over $200K from the record-breaking live auction) – the highest amount in the annual fundraiser’s history. Proceeds from the evening will go toward providing critical support for the organization’s global social justice and human rights programs.
Special guests for the evening included the organization’s president Kerry Kennedy, as well as family members Bobby Kennedy Jr, and Caroline Kennedy. Additional guests included Jane Alexander, Saquan Barkley, Mike Barnicle, Gina Belafonte, Aloe Blacc, Charles Blow, Tom Brokaw, Jimmy Buffett, Erik Coleman, Howard Cross, Brian D’Arcy James, Rocky Dawuni, Robert De Niro, Thomas DiNapoli, Kate Erbe, Peter Frampton, Darrell Green, Cheryl Hines, Bianca Jagger, Jon Bon Jovi, Piper Kerman, Joel Kinnaman, Harlem resident Don Lemon, Chad Lowe, Julianna Margulies, Matt McCoy, John McEnroe, Keegan-Michael Key, Marcus Mumford, Kate Mulgrew, Lawrence O’Donnell, Jennifer Prescott, Gloria Reuben, Kendrick Sampson, Taylor Schilling, Patty Smyth, Paul Sorvino, Lesley Stahl, David Stenn, Chris Tucker, Sam Waterston, Scott Wolf, Alfre Woodard, David Zinczenko and many more.
Photo credit: 1) Kerry Kennedy and Barack Obama. 2) TJ Miller and Kate Miller. 3) Hilaria Baldwin. 4) Hope Dworaczyk and Robert F. Smith. 5) Peter Frampton and Jade Frampton. 6) Ben Vereen and Kerry Kennedy. 7) Aloe Blacc. 8) Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese 9) Alfre Woodard. 10) Chris Tucker 11) Marcus Mumford. 12) Kendrick Sampson. 13) Don Lemon.